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Do all men kill the things they do not love? Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. To love a friend is, in the best sense, to love “one’s other self” and thus be able to participate in the perfect economy of both sentiment and virtue. Available at http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/sep/30/shakespeare-shylock/?pagination=false. However, Bassanio’s correct choice of the lead casket ends up exacerbating rather than diminishing the problem of importing contractual relations into the marital world. Antonio and Bassanio have a very strong relationship in Act 1 and we can infer that they have been friends for a long time as Bassanio says that he already owes Antonio ‘the most in money and in love’ (1:1). âWithin the eye of honor, be â¦  Because “Our house is hell,” Jessica decides to join her lover, along with converting to his religion: “O Lorenzo, / If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife, / Become a Christian and thy loving wife” (II.iii.19-21). What Antonio does not understand is that perfect friendship is not grounded in the absolute repudiation of contract for the needless sacrifice of oneself but rather is rooted in a type of reciprocity based on moral values like virtue. But to maintain this peace, impartial and enforceable justice is required. On winning Portia, Bassanio immediately becomes indebted to his new wife, who has positioned herself as a creditor rather than as a prize to be handed over. 51. Because both Venice and Belmont are cities founded upon contract, the regimes make those who act non-contractually, whether agreeing to unreasonable loans or breaking paternal bonds, melancholic without knowing the motive behind it.  Specifically I will explore how Venice, as a commercial republic that is based on contract, has a corrosive effect on non-contractual, moral relationships like friendship, love, and marriage. ... 'I owe you much, and, like a wilful youth, That which I owe is lost; but if you please. What is interesting is that Shakespeare shows us not only the advantages of the commercial and contractual republic with its multicultural society and economic abundance but also its shortcoming in terms of human relations and moral values. Shirley and Kerrigan look at the use of promises and swearing in Shakespeare’s play, which is similar to contracts but lack their binding force. , Like Antonio in the beginning of the play, Portia suffers from weariness of “this great world” in Belmont because she bound by her father’s will that decrees she wed only the individual who passes his trial of caskets (I.ii.1-2, 21-35). With contractual relations undergirding the city, Belmont possesses the same advantages as Venice with its welcoming of foreigners to woe for Portia’s hand: Frenchmen, Moroccans, Spaniards, Germans, English (I.ii.39-105; II.vii, ix). Bassanio’s sexuality can be examined and scrutinized despite his seemingly heteronormative actions and intentions. For Aristotle, it is this type of friendship that is most noble, stable, and lasting as long as both parties remain good (1156b10-14). Because of its commercial ambitions, Venice makes meaningful relationships more difficult. Of course, the marital conflict is resolved when Portia reveals that she is in fact Balthazar; but Portia requires Bassanio to swear an oath of fidelity and “on credit’ that will be guaranteed by his friendship with Antonio (V.i.266-70). 51.  For more about the relationship between fathers and daughters in the play, refer to Leo Rockas, “’A Dish of Doves’: The Merchant of Venice,” English Literary History 40 (1973): 339-51; Camille Slights, “In Defense of Jessica: The Runaway Daughter in The Merchant of Venice”; Karen Newman, “Portia’s Ring: Unruly Women and Structures of Exchanges in The Merchant of Venice”; Lynda Boose, “The Comic Contract and Portia’s Golden Ring”; Carol Leventen, “Patrimony and Patriarchy in The Merchant of Venice”; Olvia Delgado de Torres, “Reflections on Patriarchy and the Rebellion of Daughters in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and Othello.”.  For those who argue that the practice of humans being used as collateral was a common one during Shakespeare’s time, refer to Theodore B. Leinwand, Theater, Finance and Society in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999); Linda Woodbridge, ed., Money and the Age of Shakespeare: Essays in New Economic Criticism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); Valerie Forman, Tragicomic Redemptions: Global Economics and the Early Modern English Stage (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008); Natasha Korda, “Dame Usury: Gender, Credit, and (Ac)counting in the Sonnets and The Merchant of Venice,” Shakespeare Quarterly 60 (2009), 129-53; Amanda Bailey, “Shylock and the Slaves: Owning and Owning in The Merchant of Venice,” Shakespeare Quarterly 62 (2011), 1-24. For republicanism in Shakespeare’s own work, refer to Andrew Hadfield, “Shakespeare and Republicanism: History and Cultural Materialism.” Textual Practice 17 (2003), 461-83; Shakespeare and Republicanism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005); Julia Reinhard Lupton, Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), 75-101. It is visible that Bassanio is less a friend and more a brother to Antonio.  For more about republicanism in early modern Europe, refer to J.G.A. IV,1,2016. Every offence is not a hate at first. Since he hath got the jewel that I loved. For other interpretations of her role, refer to Robert Hapgood, “Portia and the Merchant of Venice: The Gentle Bond”; Herbert S. Donow, “Shakespeare’s Caskets: Unity in The Merchant of Venice,” Shakespeare Studies 4 (1968), 86-93; Monica J. Hamill, “Poetry, Law, and the Pursuit of Perfection: Portia’s Role in The Merchant of Venice”; Joan Ozark Holmer, “Loving Wisely and the Casket Test: Symbolic and Structural Unity in The Merchant of Venice,” Shakespeare Studies 11 (1978), 53-76; Alice N. Benston, “Portia, the Law, and the Tripartite Structure of The Merchant of Venice”; Harry Berger, Jr. “Marriage and Mercifixion in The Merchant of Venice: The Casket Scene Revisited,” Shakespeare Quarterly 32 (1981), 155-62; Karen Newman, “Portia’s Ring: Unruly Women and Structures of Exchanges in The Merchant of Venice”; Lynda Boose, “The Comic Contract and Portia’s Golden Ring”; Michael Zuckert, “The New Medea: On Portia’s Comic Triumph in The Merchant of Venice”; Barbara Tovey, “The Golden Casket: An Interpretation of The Merchant of Venice.” In Shakespeare as Political Thinker, ed. Good cheer, Antonio! The Merchant of Venice Theme of friendship In The Merchant of Venice, the theme of friendship appears between Antonio and Bassanio. Probate evidence of the period indicates that woman had control over property, particularly over land, than what the law had admitted. Traditionally marriage was the way to create and socialize children into society: friendship, for all its virtues and value, cannot do this. The Ethics appeared in both public and private inventories two or three time more often than the Politics; and On Duties was ubiquitous in English grammar-school classrooms throughout the sixteenth-centuries for instruction in Latin. Bassanio replies that he would sacrifice everything he possesses – his life, his wife, and his estate – “Here to this devil [Shylock], to deliver you” (IV.i.286-87).  Both Bloom and Torres make this point explicitly. Bassanio's new courtship seems likely to be the source of Antonio's sadness, as â¦ When patriarchal approval is withheld, the result is often the fate of a Juliet or Desdemona. IV,1,2000. But why is marriage superior to friendship? By examining each of these characters, I will illustrate how a world of commerce and contract has a tendency to reduce all relationships to motives of self-interest, utility, and profit. Valerie Peltonent, and Blair Worden (London: Gerald Duckworth, 1981), 182-200. His pursuit to fulfill the contract, even at the cost of someone else’s life, is a reflection of the moral limitations of Venice as a commercial republic based on contract. Portiaâs father seemed to have instilled values and love in Portia from a very young age. Ultimately, Shylock retains his life but loses his fortune and religion, as he is forced to convert to Christianity (IV.i.381-91).. After learning that Shylock is within his rights to extract a pound of flesh, Antonio courageously accepts his fate. The Merchant of Venice opens with Antonio’s speech about his own sadness, with the explanation of it escaping him: But how I caught it, found it, or came by it. , Bassanio fares better than Antonio but it is not clear whether he has learned to value marriage and friendship for their own sake. The three thousand ducats Bassanio borrows from Antonio is both the price Bassanio pays to enter the casket trial and the contractual equivalent of a pound of Antonio’s flesh as collateral for Shylock’s loan. What stuff ‘tis made of, whereof it is born. She was taught to love and to be kind and that money could not buy love and happiness. Antonio never names the cause of his melancholy, but the evidence seems to point to his being in love, despite his denial of this idea in Act I, scene i. By entering your email address you agree to receive emails from Shmoop and verify that you are over the age of 13. Lie all unlocked to your occasions. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. This abstraction of one’s own body as a type of property to be exchanged exists because of the contractual mindset that exists in both Venice and Belmont: the former in the characters Antonio, Shylock, and Bassanio; and the latter in the figures Portia and her father.. Bassanio is a male.  However, I suggest another possibility: Antonio is sad because, on the one hand, he desires a relationship that more meaningful than one predicated on contracted; but, on the other hand, he recognizes that such a relationship is difficult, if not impossible, in the commercial republic of Venice. Janet Spens, An Essay on Shakespeare’s Relation to Tradition (Oxford: B. H. Blackwell, 1916), 45; John Middleton Murray, Shakespeare (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1936), 155; Bernard Grebarnier, The Truth about Shylock (New York: Random House, 1962), 215-19. If Bassanio were to violate his oath, then his friendship with Antonio is to be forfeit. But for Shylock, justice is enough. Antonio and Bassanio are very close and Antonio does all that he can - in Act 1 Scene 1 - to help his friend. It is entirely possible and very likely that Bassanio ultimately submitted to Portia’s demands of valuing their marriage over his friendship not because he understands the value of marriage in and of itself but because he fears that he will lose his wife and his newly-acquired estate. What, man, courage yet! Although Belmont appears to have a different set of values when compared to Venice, it is actually governed by the same laws of contract. Values incommensurate with contract must either be re-conceptualized in contractual terms to be successful or face failure in a world governed by self-interest, utility, and profit. The relationship between Jessica and Lorenzo therefore is treated sympathetically in The Merchant of Venice, yet there are uneasy undertones that mark Jessica’s breaking of her paternal, and perhaps religious, contract with her father. Whether Bassanio had not once a love (IV.i.273-77). For good people, they would want to receive and wish virtue from and for their friends.  Jessica is one of the few, if not only, Shakespeare female characters, who at the end of the play does not reconcile with her father and is possibly happy.  Other references where Bassanio abstracts his body as part of his marital contract with Portia can be found in III.ii.183-85 and V.i.177-79. To many, the main plot may seem to be the conflict between Antonio and Shylock, when in reality itâs the love that Antonio and Portia have for Bassanio â¦  Bassanio is able to depict the clues in Portia’s song as he remarks, “The world is still deceiv’d with ornament,” and proceeds to select the lead casket (III.ii.74). The conclusion one can reach is that, in spite of its advantages, regimes based on commerce and contract ultimately fail to create the conditions for non-contractual relations to flourish. John E. Alvis and Thomas G. West (Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2000), 261-87. In spite of its watery depth, Venice’s commercial and contractual foundations make human relationships superficial and merely transactional. Bassanio's love life is the first thing Antonio brings up with Bassanio when they're alone together in the play. This article was originally published with the same title in Perspectives on Political Science 43:4 (2014): 204-12. Only those who are able to calculate correctly like Bassanio and Portia will be content in such a regime. 35 â 36). life for the people they love.  While most critics have paid particular attention to the character Shylock and the themes associated with him, I will look at the figures Antonio, Bassanio, Portia, and Jessica to show how their decisions, actions, and relationships reveal the moral limitations of Venice as a commercial republic. Antonio seems to like Bassanio in a romantic way. Under this new condition, Shylock cannot fulfill his end of the contract and consequently will suffer the penalties for it. Nor do I now make moan to be abridged From such a noble rate. And that which you did swear to keep for me. After Bassanio pleads for forgiveness, Antonio speaks in support of his friend and describes what had transpired as a series of commercial transactions: Which but for him that had your husband’s ring. Thus, the chief care of Bassanio is not the lady of Belmont but his debts and particularly the debts he owes Antonio.  A recent production that emphasizes commerce in the play was Daniel Sullivan’s New York production in Central Park in 2010.  This contextualization of the play continues in more recent studies that place The Merchant of Venice in a judicial and legal context.. She reveals the excitement of new love and appears to be almost bubbling over with joy and happiness. For more about Aristotle’s account of friendship, refer to Stephen Salkever, “Taking Friendship Seriously: Aristotle on the Place(s) of Philia in Human Life.” In Friendship and Politics: Essays in Political Thought, ed. Will never more break faith advisedly (V.i.249-53). IV,1,2044. Earlier in the play Bassanio borrows 3,000 ducats from Shylock on Antonioâs word that it will be paid back in full. Back in Belmont when Portia hears that Bassanio had bestowed his wedding ring to Balthazar, she immediately chastises Bassanio for not understanding its worth: “If you have known the virtue of the ring, / Or half her worthiness that gave the ring, / Or your own honor to contain the ring” (V.i.199-201). Each is valued as its own good with marriage being a superior one over friendship. He is a successful merchant who takes calculated risks, such as spreading his fortune into three different ventures at sea and whose appetites usually do not outstrip his resources (I.i.177; I.iii.61-64, 156-59; III.ii.266-71). Though Portia and Antonio love one another for Bassanio’s sake, there is some unspoken, possibly unconscious, competition between the two. Watching this in the disguise of Balthazar, Portia remarks that “Your wife would give you little thanks for that / If she were by to hear you make the offer” (IV.i.288-89). But at the trial Shylock refuses, claiming that a pound of Antonio’s flesh is no different than the flesh of any other animal (IV.i.89-103). Both parties are sad but they do not know why. IV,1,2056. Later in Belmont, Portia demands to see the ring and feigns jealousy at its loss, accusing Bassanio of giving it away to another woman and threatening to sleep with the lawyer, to whom Bassanio gave the ring (V.i.223-29).  Aristotle. It is the means by which Antonio signifies something that cannot be assigned a calculated value: his love (I.i.153-60, 184-85).  Like Antonio at the end of The Merchant of Venice, it is not clear whether Jessica’s and Lorenzo’s marriage will be successful, as they do not renew their nuptial vows.  This perfect form of friendship is between people who are good and similar with respect to virtue, where they wish for each other’s good because they are good themselves. It is well-known that Aristotle’s Ethics and Cicero’s On Duties were part of the intellectual and educational culture of the period; and these specific works were cited by the widest range of writers on the most diverse questions. The return of the ring to Bassanio is not from Portia to Bassanio but from Portia to Antonio who then gives it back to Bassanio. Antonio and BassanioAntonio, the protagonist of the story, is extremely good friends with Bassanio. But on what foundation friendship should and can be based is one of the questions that Shakespeare’s play seems to be asking us. By recognizing this important factor, Jessica and Lorenzo reflect a strong foundation despite their tumultuous start in which Jessica must run away from her father and religion. This was particularly true for women of higher social status or who possessed greater wealth than their husbands. For thy three thousand ducats here is six. Shakespeare’s Sources for Merchant of Venice. For thy three thousand ducats here is six. Finally, there are those who believe that Antonio’s melancholy is motiveless. Portia’s willingness to sacrifice for her new husband, even indirectly, demonstrates the genuine love she feels for him.  It is not unreasonable to assume that some ethical presuppositions that informed the late Elizabethan period had roots in classical Greek and Roman philosophies. While this scene encapsulates a small moment between the two lovers at the start of their relationship, Jessica pinpoints an essential quality in love and relationships. Portia, in turn, replies back in the language of commerce and contract that Antonio shall be Bassanio’s “surety” – the person who assume the debts of another – in Bassanio’s and Portia’s new pledge of marriage. E. K. Chambers, Shakespeare: A Survey (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1925), 106-17; J.W. Both Antonio and Portia love Bassanio differently. Answer: What Antonio and Bassanioâs relationship reveal about their characters Bassanio and Antonioâs friendship is a vital piece to the foundation of the entire play, The Merchant of Venice. Lee Trepanier is a Professor of Political Science at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I never did repent for doing good, Nor shall not now; for in companions That do converse and waste the time together Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love, There must be needs a like proportion Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit, Which makes me think that this Antonio, Being the bosom lover of my lord, Must needs be like my lord. Bassanio is a fictional character in Shakespeareâs The Merchant of Venice.He is a Spendthrift who wasted all of his money in order to be seen as a respectable man. Prior to Jessica’s betrayal, Shylock detested Antonio but was this hatred was moderated by practical motives; after Jessica’s unfaithfulness, Shylock has become monomaniacal in his quest for revenge (I.iii.160-70; III.i.116-30). The contract is fulfilled as guided by Portia’s song to a conclusion that both Portia and Bassanio desire. Millions of books are just a click away on BN.com and through our FREE NOOK reading apps. For Antonio, one can owe money but one cannot owe love, at least as he has defined it. IV,1,2150 This trial requires suitors to solve a riddle that filters out those who want to marry Portia for the wrong reasons. In connection with mercy and generosity, The Merchant of Venice also explores love and friendship between its characters. After sparing Antonio’s life, Balthazar mischievously demands Bassanio’s wedding ring as the wage for this service, thus transforming Antonio’s pound of flesh into Portia’s ring (IV.i.426-28). Among early modern writers, Venice had enjoyed mythical status because of its political institutions and ideals of republicanism. Both Antonio and Bassanio fall short in participating in meaningful relationships: Antonio is still alone at the end of the play as he was in the beginning and his friendship with Bassanio has become subordinate to Bassanio’s and Portia’s marriage. Edward W. Said (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1980), 100-19; Burton Hatlen, “Feudal and Bourgeois Concepts of Value in The Merchant of Venice.” In Shakespeare: Contemporary Critical Approaches, ed. However, this conflict between self-interest and virtue manifests itself again when Bassanio decides to value his friendship with Antonio over his marriage to Portia, when Bassanio gives his wedding ring, albeit reluctantly, to Balthazar (IV.i.452-54). Antonio and Portia have given much to Bassanio. If it were not Portia’s assistance at the end of the play, the marriage between Jessica and Lorenzo probably would have ended in calamity. (I.i.145-146) After Bassanio approaches Antonio with his plan to get out of debt, Antonio tells him that he would sacrifice anything to help before even hearing the details of Bassanioâs plan. Although he ends the play on a happy note, Shakespeare has given us a cast of characters who break paternal bonds, fail to understand friendship, and perceive marriage in contractual and commercial terms. âonce moreâ, because he had borrowed some money already from Antonio, which he has not been able to return because of his extravagant, lavish and lordly way of living. He points out how even Portia acknowledges the triangular nature of her, Bassanioâs and Antonioâs relationship.  Markku Peltonen shows how widely republican attitudes extended among Elizabethan writers. And for those scholars who either historically contextualize or draw interesting parallels between the play and contemporary economics, they overlook how the play charts the moral, social, and political implications of a politics where its public sphere is the domain of calculation, commerce, and contract. The homoerotic undertone of Antonio and Bassanio’s relationship is easily discussed by analyzing the dedication and declarations of love by Antonio because he does not have a heterosexual romantic relationship to counteract against his love for Bassanio. Even when Shylock asks only for the loan’s principal, Balthazar refuses on the grounds that “He shall have merely justice and his bond” and then charges and sentences him for attempted murder (IV.i.339; 346-63). Critics who see the play as a pattern of exchanges and purchases or revolving around the question of bonds fail to address the question about the incommensurability of non-contractual relations with contractual ones. For explanations of Antonio’s sadness as suppressed homosexual feelings, refer to Graham Midgley, “The Merchant of Venice: A Reconsideration,” Essays in Criticism 10 (1960), 119-33; W. H. Auden, “Brothers and Others.” In The Dryer’s Hand and Other Essays (London: Faber & Faber, 1963), 218-37; Steven Patterson, “The Bankruptcy of Homoerotic Amity in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice,” Shakespeare Quarterly 50 (1999), 9-32. Antonio and Bassanio have a very strong relationship in Act 1 and we can infer that they have been friends for a long time as Bassanio says that he already owes Antonio âthe most in money and in loveâ (1:1). Each one of the two is ready to go to any extent to serve and help the other. Bassanio, who appears to be Antonio’s closest companion, is not only profligate with his and his friend’s monies, but he partially, if not predominantly, sees the world in terms of self-interest, utility, and profit.. Antonio shows the greatest respect and self-sacrifice towards his friend, Bassanio, when he shows that he is prepared to sacrifice his own life in order to make Bassanioâs dreams happen. Search. At the end of the play, it is unclear whether Antonio has learned how non-contractual relations like friendship and marriage should be understood and valued. The love Portia and Antonio both have for Bassanio bonds them (Pequigney 212). )” The Sewanee Review 81 (1973), 606-22; Monica J. Hamill, “Poetry, Law, and the Pursuit of Perfection: Portia’s Role in The Merchant of Venice,” Studies in English Literature 18 (1978), 229-43; David Lowenthal, Shakespeare and the Good Life (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), 147-72; Henry S. Turner, “The Problem of More-than-One: Friendship, Calculation, and Political Association in The Merchant of Venice,” Shakespeare Quarterly 57 (2006): 413-42. In fact, Antonio’s own experience in commerce has trained him to view relationships solely in contractual terms. The two driving stories in the play are of the love between Bassanio and Portia and the bitter hatred Shylock and Antonio have for each other.  Shylock’s forced conversion strikes most critics as controversial.  For example, some like Lars Engle and Fredrick Turner argue that the play is about patterns of exchanges, purchases, and pledges that range from the physical to the abstract, while other critics look at the use of bonds – natural, emotional, commercial – as the theme that unities the play. Because of his self-discipline and successfully weighing benefits against risks, Antonio needs not concern himself with material wants. 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By virtue of the devotion she feels for Bassanio, she embraces Bassanio’s friendships as extensions of her love for Bassanio.  As a successful model of a mixed constitution, Venice had developed an elaborate system of governance to reduce the influence of fraction and enjoyed an economic prosperity that appeared to follow from its political organization.  For interpretations of the court scene as a conflict between law and equity or justice and mercy, refer to endnote one as well as Maxine MacKay, “The Merchant of Venice: A Reflection of the Early Conflict Between Courts of Law and Courts of Equity,” Shakespeare Quarterly 15 (1964), 371-75; Andrews Mark E. Law versus Equity in The Merchant of Venice (Boulder: Colorado University Press, 1965); George W. Keeton, Shakespeare’s Legal and Political Background (London: Pitman, 1967), 132-50; Ruth M. Levitsky, “Shylock’s as Unregenerate Man,” Shakespeare Quarterly 28 (1977), 243-63. There is no evidence in the play, particularly in the final act, that Bassanio has actually learned the value of marriage, or even friendship, on moral grounds; or, that he knows their value but lacks the social tools to participate in a meaningful relationship. As the betrothed of Bassanio, she then offers many times the value of the three thousand ducats to ransom the life of Antonio (III.ii.299-302). Maybe he's just one of those guys who likes to gossip, or maybe Bassanio has been on his mind.  Both Lowenthal and Holmer argue that Antonio does achieve a type of self-knowledge at the end of the play: Lowenthal see Antonio as representative of classical philosophical knowledge in contrast to revelation, while Holmer interprets Antonio as being bound in a more perfect love with Bassanio and Portia. He can, restored to wealth even love quotes between antonio and bassanio not delivered into love as its own good with marriage being superior. 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